The references to the Dunn Family in Frederic's Diaries

1881 & 1882

I think that the Miss Dunn referred to in the diaries in 1881 is Alice Dunn who was a year older than Lily. Alice married Jim Hyde, like her father a commercial traveller.

It appears that Frederic only became interested in Lily after Uncle Jim came on the scene. The 1882 diary is not as detailed as 1881 and may not record all "the goings on". It is possible that Lily was not at home during this period. She was not at home on the 1881 Census.

1881 Diary

Jan  7th 	Fri Mrs Dunn the wife of a Commercial Traveller in this street was run over and killed at the G.N. Railway Crossing. Stayed up till 3 o'clock Friday morning waiting for Mr Glenn [Frederic's landlord ] who had been at Mr Dunn's.
Jan  8th 	Sat All excitement about shocking accident.  Rev. Lamport arrived to conduct service at Drill Hall.
Feb  3rd  	Miss Dunn came in to supper. Accompanied her home for second time
Feb 14th 	Mr Dunn came in to spend the evening
Mar  1st  	Miss Dunn and Mr Fairweather came in to supper. I accompanied Miss D. home
Mar 2nd  	Repaired Miss D's Musical Album
Mar 10th  	Miss A Dunn came in to supper and we played a very pleasant game of whist.
Mar 11th  	Mended Miss Dunn's Album
Mar 21st  	Miss Dunn came in and stayed to supper.- Enjoyed her company very  much. Accompanied her home.
Mar 30th  	Had the unexpected pleasure of meeting Miss A. Dunn who after having joined in a game of  cards I had the honour of accompanying home.
Apr  5th  	Concert at Trinity Chapel.Went with Miss Dunn and Miss Richardson
Apr  7th  	Misses Dunn and Leighton and Mr Fairweather came in to supper. We spent a very pleasant evening  and had a little dancing.Accompanied  Miss Dunn home about 12 o'clock.
Apr 20th  	Police Super. Hurst and Mrs Hurst and Miss Dunn came in to supper.
Apr 25th  	Miss Dunn.,Mr & Mrs Eldridge in for supper.
Apr 27th 	 Miss Dunn came in and stayed to supper
Apr 28th 	Birthday. Boat excursion in the evening.I took special charge of Miss Dunn. Were all very pleased with the trip.
May 20th  	Took Annie Paviour [his employer's young daughter] to the menagerie Saw Miss Dunn and Miss Leighton there.
May 24th  	Miss Dunn came in and stayed to supper.
May 26th  	Private trip on steamer took Miss Dunn and Miss Leighton. After which I was entertained by at Mr Dunn's with music and singing. Left at 11.30  having spent a very enjoyable evening.
May 28th  	Took Miss Dunn and Miss Leighton on the water.
Jun  2nd  	Repaired Miss Dunn's watch.
Jun  8th  	Miss A.Dunn and Miss E.Dunn came in and spent the evening. Mr Barber and myself accompanied them home.
Jun 27th  	Miss Dunn and Mr Robertson came in to supper.
Jul 11th 	Miss Dunn came in and stayed to supper.
Jul 12th 	The little Dunns came up to tea. Miss Dunn in the evening to supper. Spent an enjoyable evening - to bed at 1.0 a.m.
Jul 16th 	Spent part of the evening at mr Dunn's
Jul 18th  	Miss Dunn left for Yarmouth
Aug 18th  	Misses Dunn  came in to supper.
Aug 26th  	Did Miss Dunn's watch
Aug 29th  	Misses Dunn and Miss Gosnold came in and spent the evening.
Sep  7th  	Misses Dunn and Mr Dunn came in. Singing till 1.30a.m.
Sep  9th  	Miss L Dunn spent the evening with us.
Sep 12th  	Misses Dunn and Misses Gray spent the evening with us.
Oct 11th  	Misses Dunn, Mrs Brookes and Mr Eldridge came in.
Oct 22nd  	Called also in Mr Dunn's

1982

Jan  2nd  	Watch sold to Mr Hyde
Jan 14th  	Mr Hyde at Mr Dunn's
Apr  8th  	Called in to see Mr Hyde at Mr Dunn's
Jun 29th  	Lily Dunn came in. I went home with her and she kindly returned with me to supper.
Jul 29th  	Lily Dunn came in - I went home with her and she kindly returned with me to supper.